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Fly Fishing Derbyshire


• Fishing lessons with David & his personable style!
• Fish at lovely Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire
• Lakes well stocked with trout for you to fish
• Half day sessions with all gear included

What's Included

• Learn the skills you need to know to get started on catching your own fish under exclusive instruction
• Areas that will be covered during your tuition include all equipment and set up, watercraft, fly casting and many fishing techniques
• After your session you will be able to cast at a far distance accurately and quickly to rising fish, have a deeper knowledge of the correct flies to use, know how to haul to increase distance and how to catch a good number of fish
• Tackle and permits are included
• You will for part of a small group of up to three participants

What Can I Expect

Fly fishing Derbyshire - get hooked on this peaceful waterside sport at lovely Ladybower! Headed up by David Johnson, you'll appreciate David's personable style of tuition and enthusiasm for all things fish, as well as the delightful Derbyshire setting for these small group half-day lessons.

The fly fishing takes place mainly at Ladybower Fisheries on the famous reservoir of the same name, the largest of three lakes in the Upper Derwent Valley. This bucolic site boasts fishing from dawn until dusk and has well-laid out paths making the lake suitable for disabled visitors too. Lessons are also offered (for a small supplement) at nearby Barlow Trout Fishery.

The waters at Ladybower are kept well-stocked with Rainbow and Blue trout bred locally and reared on site. David will explain to you just how important it is to know which fly to choose to fish with and when, with this Derbyshire fishery being particularly successful for fishermen and women casting little black buzzer, cat's whisker or bloodworm imitation flies.

Of course, that last sentence might mean absolute nothing to you, but that's the whole idea of these workshops. All experiences start with introductions and selecting the right rod and reel for you, with David and his team explaining hints and tips as you go.

With all that practical help and tuition to take on the reel and the rod, by the end of these courses in Derbyshire you'll know the necessary jargon to get you started in the world of fishing on the fly. Courses run with a maximum size of three novice anglers to one expert, for an 'all in it together' type lesson.

We think anyone interested in having a go at angling will love these fly fishing in Derbyshire days out with David, as he is patient and very passionate about his angling. You'll love the way fishing is a challenge, yet incredibly relaxing and makes you feel connected to nature as you take time to appreciate your lakeside surroundings. And you might even catch your fish supper!


• Experiences are available seven days a week from March to November
• Courses last 4 hours and begin at 09:00


• Ladybower Fisheries, Heatherdene, Hope Valley
• Experience can also be taken at Barlow Trout Fishery in the village of Barlow for an £8 surcharge, payable when booking your date

Suitable For

• Comfortable, waterproof outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear is recommended as well as a hat and sunglasses
• Minimum age 18
• Chest waders are provided


• Not suitable for spectators
• Facilities on site at Barlow include a log cabin and snack bar serving hot and cold drinks and food


4 out of 5 stars

Average Rating: 4
Total Reviews: 3
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  based on 3 reviews

Rating: 4 stars
Kevan Witts
Helpful and enjoyable, nice guy.
Rating: 4 stars
David Parker
A fantastic experience, and I actually caught some fish which was an added bonus. The host was exc...
Rating: 4 stars
David Jones
Had a great few hours being taught and practicing the basics of equipment and casting (which is muc...